KARACHI: Despite the tight security measures in place in the wake of a renewed wave of targeted killings, five more people were gunned down in different parts of the city on Sunday, bringing the death toll during last four days to 29.
The unchecked targeted attacks prompted Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who flew into the city during the day, to announce a “semi curfew” in certain areas in an effort to bring the law and order situation in Karachi under control.
Two workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement`s Ranchhore Line sector became the fresh victims of the targeted killings.
Police said that the two men, identified as Mohammad Kashif and Mohammad Jaffar, were targeted on Chand Bibi Road near the civil hospital on Sunday night.
The police added that the victims were sitting when two armed men riding a motorcycle pulled up, opened fire on them and escaped. Both the wounded men were rushed to the nearby hospital, where they succumbed to their wounds during treatment.
Hospital sources said that the two victims had suffered gunshot wounds in the head, chest and abdomen.
Saddar Town SSP Irshad Sehar said that the assailants used a TT and a 9mm pistols in the firing. He said the investigators had collected spent bullet casings of both weapons from the crime-scene.
Following the killings, Burnes Road and adjoining areas reverberated with gunfire forcing traders to pull down shutters of eateries and other businesses.
The MQM coordination committee in a statement, meanwhile, condemned the killing of its workers and demanded arrest of the killers.
A teenaged boy was found shot dead earlier in the morning within the remit of the Memon Goth police station, police said.
A duty officer at the police station said the bullet-riddled body of 17-year-old Murtaza, son of Ghulam Mustafa, was found in a storm-water drain near Jam Goth. He said the police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination.
Hospital sources said the victim had suffered gunshot wounds in the head and chest.
The police official quoted the victim`s family as saying that the boy had gone out of the house to purchase breakfast items, but didn`t return. He said the police had mounted a search for him on the request of the family.
In Pak Colony, an unidentified young man was found shot dead under the Dhobi Ghat bridge, police said.
“The body bore torture marks besides a gunshot wound,” said an official of the Pak Colony police station. He said the body was shifted to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Following the medico-legal formalities, the body was shifted to the Edhi morgue for want of identification.
A man, in his mid-20s, was killed by unidentified attackers in the Khokhrapar area of Malir in the early hours of Sunday, police said.
Residents said that the victim with his father and other family members had shifted from Pak Kausar Town to Saadi Town a year back in the wake of rampant ethnic killings.
The police said that armed men riding a motorcycle targeted Ajmal Gul, son of Aitebar Gul, in Pak Kausar Town near a PSO petrol pump. The attackers fled, leaving him in a pool of blood.
The victim was rushed to hospital, where he died during treatment, the police said, adding that he had suffered a gunshot wound in the head. Dawn
The area people told that Ajmal`s father was a watchman. With the assistance of some residents, he had got education, they said, adding that the victim used to visit the place of his previous residence almost on a daily basis. He had recently been employed by a cable operator, an area resident said.